Reference numberPP/9/15/1
Previous numbersPP/41/19
TitleManuscript, 'Note on a new form of direct vision spectroscope' by George Downing Liveing and James Dewar
DescriptionLiveing and Dewar write: 'Direct vision spectroscopes are very useful in the observation of shifting objects, such as aurorae and other meteors. They are generally in request for telescopic work, and also in all cases where rapidity of observation is of consequence. Ordinary direct vision spectroscopes with compound prisms have the disadvantage that the dispersion of the red end of the spectrum is small; less in proportion to that of the blue end than in spectroscopes with simple prisms. Also no measurements of lines can be made with them, except by means of a scale fixed in the field of view, which it is often difficult to see for want of illumination. Some time since (‘Roy. Soc. Proc.,' vol. 28, p. 482) we brought under the notice of the Society a direct vision spectroscope on Thollon’s plan, which had not the faults of the instruments with compound prisms. It gave a dispersion equal to that of two prisms of 60°, and excellent definition, but the number of reflecting and refracting surfaces which had to be truly wrought was rather large, and the movement of the prisms by a screw made measurements with it slow.'

Annotations in pencil and ink throughout. Includes one geometrical diagram.

Subject: Scientific apparatus and instruments

Received 18 November 1886. Read 9 December 1886.

A version of this paper was published in volume 41 of the Proceedings of the Royal Society as 'Note on a new form of direct vision spectroscope'.
Physical descriptionInk and graphite pencil on paper
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Access statusOpen
Related materialDOI: 10.1098/rspl.1878.0159
DOI: 10.1098/rspl.1886.0109
Fellows associated with this archive
NA1468Liveing; George Downing (1827 - 1924)1827 - 1924
NA5870Dewar; Sir; James (1842 - 1923)1842 - 1923
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